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We're pretty accepting that every digital click we make and our phone's location is constantly available. Some of us even are okay with devices tracking our motion in our homes or tweeting out weight. But as we both track more aspects of our lives and apply more sophisticated algorithms to that data it's becoming possible to track people with pinpoint accuracy.

In this week's podcast I speak with Chris Babel, the CEO of Truste about what sort of rules we should apply to privacy in the internet of things. We lay out some of the current arguments and challenges associated with target advertising, real-time, data-driven pricing and even discuss government access to our data. Before we get deep on privacy Kevin Tofel and I discuss connected lights and the Jibo robot. So, if you like lights and if you spend a lot of time pondering how good a privacy standard personally identifiable information (PII) is, then stay tuned. Everyone else should too.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Chris Babel, CEO of TRUSTe

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Do you remember The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs? Also known as the Fake Steve Jobs blog, took the world by storm starting in 2006. Bounties -- and iPods -- were offered for anyone could unmask the anonymous scribe.

Dan Lyons, aka Fake Steve Jobs.
Dan Lyons, aka Fake Steve Jobs.

FSJ mania reached its fever pitch in May 2007, when Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates kicked off a historic joint appearance with (real) Steve Jobs at the All Things D conference thusly:

"Well, first, I want to clarify: I’m not Fake Steve Jobs."

FSJ, who was subsequently outed as tech journalist Dan Lyons, is now writing for Silicon Valley, Mike Judge's very funny take on on our favorite set of zip codes. And Fake Steve, er, Dan, has lots to say about Hollywood's obsession with the cradle of tech innovation. Warning: some language may be NSFW, but hell, if you watch HBO, you can take it.

So if you're a FSJ or a Silicon Valley

And, as usual, Derrick Harris and I chit chat about this week's news, including the new IBM-Apple enterprise mobility partnership;  Microsoft headcount today vs. tomorrow, and robots, robots, robots.

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I get a lot of questions about AllJoyn, so I invited Liat Ben-Zur, the chairwoman of the AllSeen Alliance, to come to the podcast and talk about the organization's vision for a protocol that helps devices talk to each other. She discusses the vision behind AllJoyn and the AllSeen Alliance and discussed elements such as security and what the future may hold for hubs as the mediator of devices in the smart home.

Before we delve into AllJoyn, Kevin Tofel and I discuss a new wireless mesh networking technology that uses the Zigbee radio hardware implementation but nothing else. The Thread Group is launching Tuesday with a new, low-power wireless mesh network backed by ARM, Samsung, Nest and others. Kevin and I talk about some of the salient bits as well as an update on my week with the Nest and some thoughts on Apple's iBeacon hardware and what it means to offer Presence 1.0.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Liat Ben-Zur, chairwoman of the AllSeen Alliance

  • I'm a Nest convert after little more than a week
  • Thoughts on Thread, a new wireless, mesh networking protocol to aims to take on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Bits about beacons as Kevin and I talk about Apple's purported iBeacon hardware
  • All about AllJoyn and the AllSeen Alliance
  • Is there a future for hubs in the smart home?
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Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker is the benevolent dictator of the super-heated Docker container universe. But with power comes responsibility and he knows that for Docker (writ large) to succeed, Docker (the company) must behave itself.

Docker Founder and CTO Solomon Hykes at DockerCon 2014Docker, then known as Dot.cloud started out as an open source developer with cool technology "no one was interested in" to a company "using that cool technology to launch Heroku but for multiple languages."  But now the focus is back on Docker containers and he's definitely hoping that the project will follow in the footsteps of Linux and not another open-source project which won't be named here -- hey if you want to know, you have to listen. And make sure you have your beverage of choice ready to play the Docker drinking game.

But first, Derrick Harris and I discuss Amazon's official entry into mobile app development platform  a la Parse, which is launch (hopefully) on Thursday; the land grab in cloud storage gateways, and why it's sort of great that Yahoo(s yahoo) Flickr has released a ginormous data set from all those flickr photos and videos for analysis by data scientists or just people who want to experiment with ginormous data sets.

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This weekend I picked up a Nest thermostat -- in part because this seems to be the focal point of Google's connected home efforts and because I wanted to see what a more intuitive home felt like. So after three days of living with the Nest, Kevin and I discuss how to train the anticipatory home and whether or not mainstream consumers will ever enjoy the learning process that comes with this vision.

We also discuss Kevin's new Raspberry Pi and his plans for that, a new standards organization for the internet of things (yes, another one) and welcome guest Zach Supalla, CEO of Spark to the show. Supalla has just raised $4.9 million for Spark and he hopes to build what he calls an OS and what I call a platform (yes another one) for the internet of things. Listen up.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Zach Supalla, CEO of Spark

  • Three days with the Nest and trouble training my robot
  • Kevin tries some Pi and builds a print server
  • The evolution of the Spark Core board into an OS for IoT
  • I'm not sure we need an OS for the IoT or even another platform
  • What is the tech stack for an IoT cloud?
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There's so much news this week we can barely pack it in -- but we give it a try. For starters, Derrick Harris explains why there's so much mad money flowing into big data -- the latest example being  MapR's new healthy $110 million financing. Oh, and why Spark will be s a force to be reckoned with going forward.

And Senior Writer Jonathan Vanian (welcome to the podcast!) weighs in on why CoreOS is such a big deal; and I try to explain why Amazon's new mite-sized t.2 instances may show that cloud leader is getting more reactive to what rivals like Google(s goog) Compute Platform and Digital Ocean, are doing.

Speaking of Digital Ocean,  our guest this week is that company's CEO Ben Uretsky who comes on to argue that even many  developers would rather buy "Droplets" of compute/storage/networking resources all at once, rather than slap together AWS components as needed. Apologies in advance for the construction noise near the end, but Digital Ocean is New York City based, and finding a quiet room in the Big Apple is like lassoing a unicorn.

Anyway, soldier through, he's got some good points to make on how U.S. cloud providers can make customers beyond our borders more comfortable in the cloud post NSA gate.

 

Digital Ocean CEO Ben Uretsky
Digital Ocean CEO Ben Uretsky

 

SHOW NOTES

Hosts: Barb Darrow and Derrick Harris

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If you're into big data, you probably know about Spark, sort of the Swiss Army knife of big data analytics in that it can handle all sorts of queries  of all sorts of data types.

On this week's Structure Show, Matei Zaharia, one of the brains behind the Apache Spark project and CTO of Databricks, a company built to commercialize the technology, explains how this multi-faceted query tool could help democratize the use of big data -- a key claim in a world where the demand for data scientists far outstrips the supply.

Matei Zaharia, CTO of Databricks

But first, Derrick Harris catches us up on the big data and cloud news out of Google I/O including its new Dataflow tool that claims to make it much easier to write data processing pipelines that can utilize both batch and stream-processing. Dataflow is Google's response to Amazon's Elastic MapReduce and Kinesis. The big data analytics feature war is fully upon us.

Photo by Janko Roettgers/Gigaom
Photo by Janko Roettgers/Gigaom

 

SHOW NOTES

Hosts: Barb Darrow and Derrick Harris

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